What natural beauty products to look for—and avoid—when making the switch to eco-friendly makeup this summer.
When it comes to overhauling our beauty regimens, most of us are already seeing green. That’s because the average beauty consumer is becoming more diligent with researching the ingredients that make up their favourite products, says Kristen Ma, a Toronto-based esthetician and co-owner of Pure and Simple Spas. We chatted with Ma about taking a holistic approach to beauty—more than skin deep, it’s attributed to overall wellness—and how to update your summer makeup routine with natural beauty products.
Natural beauty care: Summer skin care
For prolonged laying-on-the-beach time—and who are we kidding, why would we ever cut this short?—Ma advises applying a mineral sunblock before setting up along the sand. “Most chemical-based sunblocks require 20 minutes to fully absorb into the skin,” says Ma. But the UV-protectant becomes inactive after hitting the waves and needs to be applied immediately after drying off with your beach towel. “Mineral sunblock provides all-day protection because it creates a shield from the sun.”
Natural beauty care: Lips
Lip service to consider: “Any form of lip treatment should be a natural product,” says Ma, listing off everything from liner to gloss. “We tend to eat the products because of their proximity to our mouths.” Our lip gloss litmus test? Making sure the product tastes good when licked off throughout the day.
TRY: For daily lip maintenance, Pangea Organics Italian Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm ($14), at freshfaced.ca. Keep things in line with Pure and Simple Mineral Lip Liner in Antique Rose ($9.95), available at Pure and Simple spa locations.
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